Malarndirri McCarthy delivers powerful speech on anniversary of Wavehill Walkoff

30 October 2019

Yo, thank you double R. And I just want to pay my respects to all the elders and the Gurindji people for your invitation here from all of us really and certainly on behalf of my colleagues as well, Warren Snowdon and Luke Gosling in the Northern Territory members of the Federal Parliament we just want to acknowledge how important it is the gathering of everyone here.

Can I just also pay my respects also to the mayor, our Bunji, BP. Us mob really proud of you and your families and the work that you do in this region.

I would like to also acknowledge the member for Namitjira, Chansey Paech, and also the chair of the Northern Land Council, bunji Sammy. And also to the Central Land Council and Barb.And to all the representatives who may have come from the other land councils.

I also want to say a very special welcome to the member for Nhulunbuy, Mark, wonderful to have you here so thank you for being with us on this really significant event Yo. Listening to the song, the song reminds us when we hear Sara singing: power and privilege does not move a people when they stand strong in the law.

Power and privilege does not move a people when they stand strong in the law. To all of you especially our young ones: you stay strong in what you believe in that is best for you, your families, your country.

Thats what coming together here on Gurindji country is about. Being strong, staying strong, remembering the example of the Gurindji and the resilience of the families here who every year we come together to share in freedom day. Freedom day. Think about that. Freedom day, freedom from tyranny. Freedom from oppression, freedom from inequality. This is why you are here.

We are still fighting for freedom, for fairness, for equality in the workplace, fighting for our homes, our health, our housing and the needs of our country. To First Nations people across Australia this gathering means everything.

To First Nations people across Australia, the freedom day festival is a constant reminder that the battle is not over for those things that we fight for as a people. So enjoy your time together, stay safe but hold onto those words: power and people does not move a people when they stand strong in the law. Yo.